Well, we have a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Washington Wizards travel here to take on theBoston Celtics. The C's have been in a bit of rut, meanwhile the Wizards are playing like one of the best teams in the East as of late. That said, for months Washington fans have said how great their team is. Even uttering words alluding to the fact that they believe their Wizards can crush the Celtics. Well, it is time to step into the ring.
I've been a huge proponent of thinking the Wizards are no match for this team for quite some time. It is not necessarily a knock on them, but I just feel this Celtics team is lightyears ahead of last year and of what realistically is the exact same Wizards team they beat in the playoffs last season. Outside of John Wall and Bradley Beal I am not, by any means, worried about anyone else they have to play. Nor do I believe they made any moves or additions that are worth noting.
John Wall is obviously a star, a superstar. However, he has missed nine games this year and is now averaging only 18 points per game. That is no peak John Wall. If that is the Wall that comes out on national television on Christmas, good luck Washington...
Bradley Beal, on the other hand, is having a great season. Beal is averaging over 23 points per game. He is also, in my mind, a Celtics killer. I am always afraid of him going off on them, like he did last year.
On the flip side of things, the Celtics have plenty of names to mention. Obviously, they have the best player out of these two teams in Kyrie Irving, and it isn't even debatable. Kyrie Irving > John Wall. They also have a consistent big man Al Horford down low (and outside). But the two players I am extremely excited to see on Christmas Day... Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Just a year ago, the Celtics battled the Wizards in a seven game series. However, that was without Kyrie or Tatum. It was also with out this season's Jaylen Brown. He was not the player he is now during that series. The Wizards are in over their heads.
Washington fans got very confident last year, thinking it took Kelly Olynyk going off for Boston to beat us. Sure, Kelly went off, but he also went bye-bye this offseason. He is a great example of how different this squad is. The only returning players are Marcus Smart, Al Horford, Terry Rozier, and Jaylen Brown. Whereas the Wizards are returning far more of their series-losing roster.
This game is a statement game. It is a game that the Celtics are going to win. They are going to prove to those lunatic Wizard fans that believe they are on the same level of this team, that it is just not the case.
Hey, I am a Celtics fan, and I am not over here telling myself that they are truly on the same level as the Warriors (even though the Celtics defeated the Warriors this season). So, if you are a Wizards fan reading this, just try to be realistic with yourself... it'll save you the devastating feeling of defeat on such a great holiday.
I am not knocking Washington or any of their, again, series-losing players from last year. I just am apt enough to see that the Celtics are a far differently comprised basketball team this year, and a far better one on top of that.
This game is going to be a tough one to sit through if you aren't rooting and cheering for the green team. Mark my words.
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